The Marches is a School Direct lead school in partnership with Chester University. The school has a bespoke training centre for teacher trainees which is apart from the main school building.
It features a study room with access to laptops, a common room with kitchen and bathroom facilities, printing facility, central work areas, two other conference areas and car parking. In addition, trainees can study in the main school alongside the secondary teaching staff and have access to the school restaurant which features the most up to date cashless system and healthy menu options.
The school offers administrative staff who work solely with the trainees providing stationery, printing, induction training and support.
The course consists of two placements spread over the year with 130 days school based. There are 5 full weeks of study here at The Marches, three at the beginning of the course and two in the middle of the autumn term. There are 25 days of study with the University of Chester which are currently on line and spread over the course. In addition there are 10 single study days at the The Marches for professional development delivery and academic learning. The course is designed to maximise school based time as this is how we think that students learn best. The Alliance currently have plans to develop two more delivery hubs, one from Haley Learning Community and one from Powys.
There are three modules with assignments that are spread over the year. These carry 60 masters credits at level 7. We offer a huge amount of support with the academic study as we recognise that this is in addition to learning to teach. The modules are very well written to link with the teaching part of the course.
Students have timetabled confidential sessions with our well being tutor in order to manage the demands of the programme.
Development of the student’s teaching is bespoke as we recognise that some individuals have more experience than others. It is anticipated that a student will build up to 35% of a usual timetable by the end of the autumn term, 60% by the end of placement 1 and 80% by the end of the course. Students are assessed weekly and given feedback to develop.
We offer enrichment activity to improve student’s CVs and prepare them for a teaching role. There is also time to resubmit assignments if necessary.